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Posted October 15, 2014

Dear members of the Association of Corporate Grantmakers,

I'm reaching out for two follow up items:

1. Canadian Corporate Community Investment Survey 2014 – Trends and Impact. I'm sending this email as a "friendly nudge" in regards to the Conference Board’s CCI survey. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to October 30, 2014.

As a survey participant, you will receive a complimentary (free) copy of the findings of this survey in a new Conference Board of Canada report: Canadian Corporate Community Investment--Trends and Impacts (a $1,200 value). This 20 minute national survey will identify and analyse emerging trends and the measurement of impacts of Canadian corporate community investments. The survey results will allow organizations to compare their measurement tools, recognize industry specific trends, and identify options for improvement.

We value your input—if you have not done so, please click the link to complete the survey: http://surveys.conferenceboard.ca/s/communityinvestment2014/

2. 1st National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit 2014: Delivering Meaningful Impact; To show our gratitude for completing the survey, we are happy to provide you with a special rate of $995 to attend our upcoming summit which is taking place on October 29-30, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel. This rate represents a savings of $600 off of the total Summit fee.

At this conference, you will be among the first to hear the latest results from the Conference Board's survey you completed. You will learn about key trends in corporate community investment programs and impact measurement tools that can help you benchmark and compare your corporate community investment performance with other organizations in Canada.

The following link provides more information about the Summit: www.conferenceboard.ca

To register for the CSR Summit, you can send an e-mail to forgues@conferenceboard.ca and I will have someone reply to you with registration details.

Kind regards,
Paul

Paul Forgues, Principal Manager, Executive Networks
Governance and Corporate Responsibility
The Conference Board of Canada, 255 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M7
Tel 613-526-3090 x354; Fax 613-526-4857; E-mailforgues@conferenceboard.ca

Posted October 12th, 2014

An Ontario Government Announcement

Dear Friends,

The Ontario government launched the Partnership Project knowing that the not-for-profit sector is an important partner in the delivery of public services. Our goal was to strengthen the sector and the communities it serves by building a better, long-term partnership.  This journey began with a conversation: eight months of discussion with people representing a wide range of organizations from across the province. This led to the Partnership Project report and its six key recommendations – that included increasing transparency, increasing information sharing, and leveraging technology to break down silos.  I am happy to report significant progress in achieving our goals. A new section for not-for-profits is now available on the ServiceOntario web site. I invite you to tour the site at www.serviceontario.ca/notforprofits. You will find: 

  • Information on open calls for funding that your organization can apply for
  • Ideas on how to start and effectively manage a not-for-profit organization
  • A section to help you understand the laws that impact your organization
  • New research about the State of the Sector and much more
Thirteen subsector research reports on Ontario’s core not-for-profit sector are now available on the Service Ontario website as part of the State of the Sector Research. This complements the findings released in the research overview in September 2013. It gives us a deeper understanding of the diversity within the core not-for-profit sector as a whole, and offers insight into its key subsectors, including their size, scope, goals and challenges, and socio-economic contribution to the province. This research can be found on the ServiceOntario website.

In addition, as part of the Ontario government’s commitment to Open Government, we will make the detailed survey responses available to interested parties, with individual agency identifiers removed. Please contact Catarina Cohen at Catarina.Cohen@ontario.ca for further information. We look forward to continuing a dialogue with sector leaders to identify future research needs and priorities.

Finally, I am proud that Ontario will continue to support capacity building in the not-for-profit sector.  Through the Partnership Grant Program, Government has committed $7.3 million over three years to build capacity sector-wide.  Three priority areas of focus have been identified: Program Evaluation; Inclusive Leadership; and Volunteer Management.  More information about the program is available fromServiceOntario.

Please forward this to your colleagues and friends. We are committed to delivering high quality services to the people and organizations working with us to build Ontario, and we value our ongoing partnership.

Sincerely,

Michael Chan
Minister


Chers amis,

Le gouvernement de l'Ontario a lancé le Projet de partenariat, car il considère que le secteur sans but lucratif est un partenaire important dans la prestation des services publics. Notre objectif était de renforcer le secteur et les collectivités qu'il sert, en bâtissant un meilleur partenariat à long terme.
Nous avons d'abord engagé une conversation, qui s'est traduite par huit mois de discussions avec des personnes représentant un large éventail d'organismes de toute la province. De ces discussions ont suivi un rapport sur le projet de partenariat, qui comporte six principales recommandations, notamment accroître la transparence, améliorer le partage de l'information et s’appuyer sur la technologie pour éliminer le cloisonnement administratif.  Je suis heureux d'annoncer d'importants progrès dans la réalisation de nos objectifs. Sur le site Web de ServiceOntario, vous avez maintenant accès à une nouvelle section destinée aux organismes sans but lucratif. Je vous invite à visiter le site www.ServiceOntario.ca/SansButLucratif. Vous y trouverez : 

  • des renseignements sur les demandes de propositions ouvertes pour du financement auxquelles votre organisme pourrait répondre;
  • des idées sur la façon de démarrer et de gérer efficacement un organisme sans but lucratif;
  • une section pour vous aider à comprendre les lois qui ont une incidence sur votre organisme;
  • les résultats de nouvelles recherches sur l'état du secteur et bien plus encore.  
Le site Web de ServiceOntario vous donne maintenant accès à treize rapports de recherche sur des sous secteurs sans but lucratif, qui ont été préparés dans le cadre des travaux de recherche sur l'état du secteur. Ces rapports viennent compléter les résultats qui ont été publiés dans l'aperçu des recherches en septembre 2013. Ils nous aident à mieux comprendre la diversité du secteur sans but lucratif de base dans son ensemble et nous donnent un aperçu de ses sous-secteurs clés, selon notamment leur taille, leur portée, leurs objectifs et défis, et leur contribution socio-économique à la province. Vous pourrez consulter les résultats de cette recherche sur le site Web de ServiceOntario


En outre, dans le cadre de l'engagement du gouvernement de l'Ontario pour un gouvernement ouvert, nous mettrons les réponses détaillées à l'enquête à la disposition des parties intéressées, après avoir supprimé les identificateurs des différents organismes. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Catarina Cohen au Catarina.Cohen@ontario.ca

Nous avons hâte de poursuivre le dialogue avec les chefs de file du secteur pour définir les besoins et les priorités futurs de recherche.  Enfin, je suis fier que l'Ontario continuera à aider à renforcer les capacités du secteur sans but lucratif.  Dans le cadre du Programme de subventions de partenariat, le gouvernement a débloqué 7,3 millions $ sur trois ans pour renforcer la capacité de l'ensemble du secteur.  Trois domaines d'action prioritaires ont été définis : l’évaluation des programmes, le leadership inclusif et la gestion des bénévoles. Pour plus d'informations sur le programme, consultez ServiceOntario

Veuillez transmettre le présent courriel à vos collègues et amis. Nous sommes déterminés à fournir des services de haute qualité aux personnes et aux organismes qui travaillent avec nous pour bâtir l'Ontario, et nous apprécions notre partenariat continu avec eux.

Cordialement,

Michael Chan
Ministre

 

Posted June 30th, 2014

Hello Association Members, 

I am excited to share share with you that Jennifer Jones (Indigo Love of Reading Foundation) and Helen Seibel (AstraZeneca Canada) have been elected as the Association of Corporate Grantmakers incoming Chair and Vice Chair over the coming term.  

I will be ending my term as Chair at the end of June and will continue to sit as a general member of the leadership committee.  

Over the past few years our Association has grown significantly in membership and has continued to strengthen our governance framework to help formalize our work.  We have undertaken a variety of external awareness initiatives and supported important learning and development discussions amongst key leaders within our space.  

Together our Association has built important relationships with other key stakeholders across the country:  the Calgary Community Investment Council, the Private and Family Philanthropic Networks, the Community Foundation movement and public sector leadership groups.  We continue to be seen as an important body to consult with on key issues impacting our sector.  

Over the coming years we will continue to build on this momentum and we thank each of you for your continued feedback, support and insights as to how we can strengthen our networks.   

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer and Helen on their new leadership roles, and on behalf of the Association, we look forward to seeing everyone at our fall line up of meetings and leadership discussions! 

Warm regards, 

James 

James Temple, CSR-P 

PwC | Corporate Responsibility Leader

 
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